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? >>> also, ready for war? israel says it is prepared for a ground offensive in gaza if its demands are not met soon. >>> and breaking overnight, hillary clinton into the fray. the secretary of state on her way to israel right now. good morning and welcome to "early start." a lot going on this morning. i'm john berman. >> good morning, i'm brooke baldwin. it is bright and early, 5:00 in the morning for you on the east coast. >> this is "cnn breaking news." >> and we begin with breaking news out of the conflict zone, an attack at the u.s. embassy in tel aviv in israel. details just coming in, but an israeli police spokesman says a security guard at the embassy was attacked with an ax. the attacker reportedly also had a knife on him. we know the attacker has been arrested. when we get more information, we will bring that to you. of course, this is all happening as israel and hamas at the tipping point of all-out war. the israelis carrying out 80 air strikes overnight with hamas fighters launching 95 rockets into israel. 38 more palestinians killed, bringing the death toll since last w
there is another barrage being fired from gaza into this part of israel close to the israeli border. as i was telling you, this town here on the border is one that does take a lot of fire very frequently. so this is really something that is very commonplace for the people here. >> frederik pleitgen and our crew there hitting the ground just there on the border. new israeli attacks also carried out in the past couple hours on targets in gaza. cnn's ben wedeman is monitoring events this hour in gaza city. he joins us from there. ben, we just saw fred pleitgen hit the ground, and i know it's just as tense there in gaza city. what can you tell us about what's happening right now? >> reporter: well, right now it's relatively quiet. we can hear the israeli drones overhead as we hear all day long, but, of course, just a few hours ago, in fact, 2 1/2 hours ago, we heard three large explosions, and this building behind me which you can't see because the electricity is caught off, got hit three times. in that building there are several things. there were the offices of a television station affiliat
wednesday. meanwhile militants on the other side have fired more than 200 rockets into israel. israel is massing troops near the border with gaza. they have got 30,000 troops there now and have 75,000 reservists getting ready. at least 42 people have died since the operation began. meanwhile, world leaders including representatives from the united states and the u.n. are calling on both sides to show restraint, but restraint seems to be in short order right now. ourarah sidner is live in gaza with a bird's eye view of the conflict. are you seeing more air strikes right now? >> reporter: absolutely, and in just the past few minutes we could hear the loud blasts of air strikes all night long into morning, 6:00 or 7:00 in the morning, blast after blast after blast and could look into the sky and see rockets coming from here in gaza city into israel. i want to show you a picture that our photographer dan morgan was able to take last night around 3:30 in the morning. he's pointing his camera towards what was the police headquarters. hamas police headquarters when he saw this picture. it wa
and counterstrikes are growing deadlier by the day as israel and militants in gaza turn their region into a raging battlefield. the strike you saw on this building in gaza city happened just hours ago. we were told a senior official from islamicee huhhed was killed in that strike. civilians are paying a price as well. officials in gaza say more than 100 people, many of them women and children, have been killed there so far. three israelis have also been killed. our christian amanpour is joining us from jerusalem. first of all, israel is insisting these are surgical strikes intended to hit militant targets and avoiding civilian casualties. we now have reports that 100 people have been killed in gaza, 800 wounded in the past six days. there's a lot of concern about where the civilians lie in all of this. >> well, suzanne, i think any military expert will tell you that it's not possible in a place that is so densely populated, as is gaza. however, israeli officials do tell us they do have a new set of weaponry, more precision weapons than they did this time -- this time last time around when they wen
sent a stern warning today to israel threatening major retaliation if israel makes a move on lebanon. hezbollah is not involved in the renewed hostilities but they have fought with israel in the past. tensions their shared border really has never gone away. >>> at least 117 people are dead after a massive fire at a clothing factory in bangladesh. it happened outside the capital city of dhaka. you can see every window is lit with flames. some workers tried to escape out the windows. there were about 2,000 workers, mostly women, in that factory and they expect, unfortunately, the death toll to rise. >>> well, they took a week off for thanksgiving, but congress gets back to work starting tomorrow. time is short, but they have a lot on their agenda. the senate returns tomorrow, the house officially goes back into session on tuesday. the so-called fiscal cliff is the biggest item that is sitting on the congressional agenda. if president obama and congress don't reach some sort of deal, huge tax increases and spending cuts would automatically kick in january 1. todayself republica selveral
of israel and hamas are in egypt separately for peace talks. hamas issuing its demand for a cease-fire. they want israel to end a long-running military blockade of gaza immediately. the carnage from the last 24 hours, arwa damon is in gaza city. >> reporter: the large slab of concrete and mangled metal finally gives way. buried beneath it, another lifeless body. it's the second child we've seen. there was also a baby. others in the neighborhood say the blast killed all ten people who lived here. israel says it was targeting a man who heads a rocket launch unit. people we spoke with said they never heard of him. this was a family home. >> people here are telling us that so far those who have been killed in this strike have been women and children. and they have not been able to find any survivors. just moments ago, from that back corner, they did pull out the body of a tiny child. an over here there's another frantic effort under way. tempers easily flare as frustration and anger mount. >> she's my uncle's wife, this young man shouts. rage coupled with sorrow etched across his face
when ricka whitfiel. no relief in sight. that's what the gaza strip and israel are fracing right now. this is how is looked and sounded. [ boom noise ] >> that was a target israeli strike on media centers in gaza. we're live in gaza. just after midnight there right now. ben, thanks for joining us. it is said they have killed one of israel's leading experts. >> israeli defense forces are claiming they killed in that strike which left 11 people dead, including women and children, that they killed a man who they say is one of the senior commanders of hamas' rocket unit. however, we have been speaking to our sources here. we spoke to people in the neighborhood, and frankly they've never heard of this man. so it's not altogether clear whether this man had anything to do with or who he is, even, at all. so it's all rather confusing at the moment. what does seem to be clear is that israel is starting to focus on after-effects of jabadi, who is the leader of hamas' military wing, it seems they are focusing on his subordinates throughout the gaza strip. another senior commander in hamas' mili
deadly fire near the israel/gaza border. they say it's in retaliation for ongoing rocket attacks into southern israel. >> triggered by an air strike that killed the top hamas military commander. sayre -- sara sidner is following the story. >> reporter: you can see gaza behind me. there has been air strike after air strike after air strike. we ourselves witnessed three air strikes, major hit. we could see fire and then three plumes of smoke. since then we've been also seeing and hearing rockets coming over into southern israel. we now know there are three people who have died in israel in an apartment building very near, within a 7 kilometer radius of gaza in israel. we also know that at least seven people have been killed here in gaza and the air strikes are continuing. right now we do and we are watching the funeral happen, of ha the leader of hamas' military wing, that is going on as we speak. thousands of people attending that funeral. a very important figure, someone who people see as one of the founders of hamas, a symbolic member of hamas as well. we are expecting this to c
medicare plans that may be right for you. call now. ♪ >>> tensions rise in the middle east as israel trades fire with its neighbors. overnight israel's military says its air strikes hit key palestinian targets in the gaza strip, including what is described as a terror tunnel and a weapons storage facility. in three straight days of fighting, six palestinians have been killed, and another 30 wounded. according to the israeli military, more than 110 rockets hit southern israel injuring at least four civilians. today in northern israel israeli military sources report hitting syrian targets after two days of cross-border fire. officials say its retaliation for mortar shells that hit near a military post in golan heights. this marks the first time israel has fired on syria since 1973. cnn senior international correspondent sarah is joining us from jerusalem to talk a little bit about all of this that's taking place, and you had a chance, an exclusive, to sit down with israel's president simon peres to talk about what is taking place there. it is somewhat alarming, the escalating violence. does h
, israel. would you say in israel romney would be preferred to obama? >> it's not that simple. i think they're just as divided. it's absolutely true that the israeli right, i would say large chunk of the center fear president obama and therefore would support romney not because of enthusiasm but because of the very bad relationship between the israeli right and the israeli right-winged government and the obama administration. but i think the israeli center left now identifies with obama and would like to see an obama victory and actually that will influence the election campaign in israel. we have several players who are waiting to see the result of the american elections and therefore the israeli center left and definitely left actually supports obama, which was not the case when obama began his tenure because at the time, really most of israel had reservations about him. i would say he became much more popular with the left and left of center where the right sees him in almost in demonic terms. >> you have multiple identities. you're an arab-israeli. the second, you're a news anchor in it
you what kind of concern is it that the egyptians have now pulled their ambassador from israel? are you concerned about your other neighbors who themselves are suffering through some extraordinarily tough times right now -- syria, lebanon, jordan? >> unfortunately, we don't have an ambassador here, and i appreciate the presence of egyptian as well as -- but we cannot argue if he wants to call it's unfortunate that the egyptian ambassador had to go, so we will see, but that should not be a reason to stop any kind of -- that we have to face. >> israeli defense minister ehud barack joining us live from tel aviv. do stay safe, and we wish the best for not only the people of israel, but the palestinians, and we hope that you can somehow come to some kind of a consensus to stop this violence between your two parties. thank you for being with us and for answering. our apologies for the difficult connection, but we have been struggling throughout the hour to make that connection with the defense minister, and now we know why. the air raids going in israel. particularly in tel aviv. tha
. >> a big day in the middle east. today both israel and gaza meet to further the cease-fire between the two embattled nations. we're going to have a live report coming up for you. >> gray thursday, black friday, and now cyber monday. but just how good are the deals today, compared to what was put out this past holiday weekend? we're going to break it all down for you. >> did you do any shopping? >> absolutely not. there's too much football. >> don't you love it? >> good morning. welcome to "early start," i'm john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. 5:00 a.m. in the east. so let's get started. they are back. our lame duck congress returning to capitol hill today. the senate in session this afternoon. the house back tomorrow. and with 35 days left, as john just reminded us, before we plunge down the fiscal cliff, two prominent republican senators, lindsey graham and saxby chambliss are signaling they are willing to give a break the no tax pledge. that is a hopeful sign, folks, because a new cnn/orc poll shows more than two thirds of americans believe a trip over that cliff would create major
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sent more than 900 rockets into israel but says it will consider a cease-fire if israel lifts its blockade at gaza. >>> egypt has sent envoys into gaza to try to broker a truce between hamas and israel. president obama said earlier this morning that israel and hamas need to make a serious effort to work toward middle east peace starting with no more missiles being fired into israel's territory. >> there's no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders, so we are fully supportive of israel's right to defend itself from missiles landing on people's homes. and workplaces and potentially killing civilians. >> the president is in thailand ahead of the east asian conference in cambodia. >>> divers recover the body of a man missing from the explosion in the gulf of mexico. the explosion occurred about 20 miles off the louisiana coast. one other crew member remains missing after the friday explosion that triggered a fire and injured 11 people. the cause of the explosion remains under investigation. >>> those are your top stories. now
windows for at least two blocks in every direction. people heard the blast three miles away. >>> israel is ready to ramp up reaction to the rocket attacks from gaza. this is video of rockets being launched in gaza. israel's military says rockets struck overnight. benjamin netanyahu blames hamas and says israel is on the verge of escalating their military response. they fired warning shots after a shell hit an israeli military post. it's the first time israel has fired on syria since 1973. >>> syria's rebel groups may be pulling together after pressure from the u.s. and arab nations. op ligs leaders met today and agreed to form a new umbrella coalition to transition into a new syrian government. it's considered a big step in the push to oust president bashar al assad. the government is fighting to e destabilize syria. the civil war started 20 months ago. 35,000 lives may have been lost. and we want to warn you. this next report shows graphic and disturbing video ofs atrocities. some viewers may consider it very disturbing. as arwa damon reports, heinous attacks may have become too famili
, on the constitution and the attack on the judges right after he brokered the deal between israel and hamas. so he was already rending services in the international community and then asking for a license at home. it's really basically a page from the book of hosni mubarak. i think in washington, there is great uncertainty, what to do with the islamists in power. this is not just from this crisis of november 2b 22nd, this crisis of the last week behind us. this has been the case since the fall of the dictatorship of hosni mubarak, what to do with the islamists in egypt, what to do with the islamists in tunisia and what to do with the rise of the islamists in the region as a whole. >> over the weekend, senator john mccain said, our dollars will be directly related to the progress towards democracy. if you add up all the economic and military assistance the u.s. gives egypt every year, it's about $1.5 billion. should that be used as leverage to try to get egypt back on this democracy road? >> well, i usually have great deference to the opinions of senator mccain. i see things on national security th
. their relationship goes back years and years and years. in fact, i was reading one of the israeli newspapers. israel today ran no fewer than four opinion pieces just yesterday endorsing romney. what happens now, christiane, in this relationship between netanyahu and obama? >> well, what happens now is that obama is the president of the united states. netanyahu is the prime minister of israel. and they have to work together. these are two countries which stand side by side. there in no doubt in anybody's mind that the united states stands firmly for the security of israel, the intercommunity knows. it yes, there has been a cool relationship between netanyahu and obama, however netanyahu did congratulate the president this morning and said the strategic reliance between israel and the u.s. is stronger than ever. i will continue to work with president obama in order to assure the interests that are vital to the security of the citizens of israel. so, again, no doubt where the united states stands the strong security and protection of israel. the real issue of course that has divided them, one, iran. a
stood for. >> reporter: romney "better for israel" fliers are stuffed in mailbox. along the turnpike, billboards read "balm, oy vey, had enough"? >> there's a british word that means to throw up. when i see these, i want to pull off the road. >> reporter: this rabbi supports president obama. he says the republicans are pandering and it's not going to work. >> the notion that the first thing all jewish voters look at is where a candidate stands on israel. that is making a certain narrow view of the jewish people that i find to be, a, not true. and b, it makes me angry. >> reporter: the obama campaign is taking the republican challenge seriously, firing back with an ad focused on israel. >> our bond with israel will be unbreakable. >> reporter: the co-chairman of a group called florida democrats for romney says it's absolutely not all about israel. >> i think we need to look at this as a business, and we need to put somebody in there that can run this country and bring back the jobs. >> reporter: four years ago, obama won 78% of florida's jewish vote. political scientists say the gop a
rain is predicted through tomorrow. >>> in the middle east, negotiations between israel and hamas are set to resume tomorrow in cairo. the egyptians have been mediating cease-fire talks following this month's deadly eight-day conflict over gaza. a hamas spokesman said topics will include opening border crossings and easing israel's economic blockade of gaza. >>> and in bangladesh, at least 117 people, most of them women, are dead and 200 others hurt after fire rips through a clothing factory. some 2,000 people were working inside the nine-story building when the blaze broke out. the casualty count is expected to rise. >>> the muslim brotherhood says one of its members, a 15-year-old boy, was killed today. and another 60 people injured in an attack on the group's headquarters in the egyptian town of damanaur. leaders say the boy was killed by thugs in the "the total absence of police forces." the violence is part of clashes that erupted across egypt last week after president mohamed morsi issued a sweeping decree that significantly expands his own powers. let's go to cairo now wher
in the middle east. this situation is heating up between israel and the leadership in gaza. what's your sense how this affects what president obama has to do? >> let's be clear, it's not really a war. israel will win. it's a very lop-sided war. on one hand you have the most popular military machine in the middle east, on the other side you have the inhabitants of gaza who have weapons that can't do very much. what's the long term strategy? what are they going to do about gaza? they have tried to economically choke it off. it didn't work. they have tried to kind of military operation before, once including a ground invasion. didn't really work. where are they going here? and that's where the united states can be helpful. >> fareed zakaria, always a pleasure to see you. thanks for joining us. >> thank you, ali. >>> warren buffett has to go shopping. maybe he'll offer up his . last time i was at a gas station was about...i would say... two months ago. i very rarely put gas in my chevy volt. i go to the gas station such a small amount that i forget how to put gas in my car. [ male announcer ] and
to congratulate him. it includes the prime minister of israel, nato secretary general king abdullah from saudi arabia. i could go on. i'm sure we'll hear about his day later on this afternoon. and no doubt taking meetings with staff about some of the upcoming items on the agenda, brooke. >> speaking of those items, jessica yellin, folks are hoping that maybe the election ushers in a season of change and less gridlock and problem solving. what did the white house make of john boehner saying that he haen the republicans, they're ready and willing for the president to take the lead, trying to head off the january tax increase plus the automatic military, the other spending cuts that the so-called fiscal cliff? >> reporter: look. everybody is expecting to head in to negotiations on this quickly. there's full plans here at white house for quick entrance to in to the discussions and the president has no plans, brooke, to give any kind of major speech, any kind of address on economic policy or on the fiscal cliff and their view that the president laid out his rigs for a grand bargain for the negotiat
that the first thing all jewish voters look at is where a candidate stand on israel, that is making a certain narrow view of the jewish people that i find to be a, not true and b, it makes me angry. >> when i went to israel -- >> the obama campaign is taking the republican challenge seriously, firing back with an ad focused on israel. >> our bond with israel will be unbreakable. >> the ko chairman ofco-chairma called florida democrats for romney says it's absolutely not all about israel. >> i think we need to look at this as a business and put somebody in there that can run this country and bring pack the jobs. >> four years ago, obama won 78% of the jewish vote. political scientists say the attacks could cost the president as much as 5% of that support. the quift of about 25,000 votes. in a close election, perhaps the difference, now, jewish people make up about 3.5% of the state's residents, but 8% of the voters. >> good report. thanks very much. >> join us and the entire cnn team for election night in america. our continuous live coverage begins at 6:00 p.m. eastern tuesday night. we'll be
on in the middle east. this situation is heating up increasingly between israel and the leadership in gaza. what's your sense of how this affects what president obama has to do? >> it's not really a war. israel will win if there is a lopsided war. you have a powerful machine in the middle east and then you have gaza that has a few rockets. that's a tactical move that the israelis have undertaken. understandable because of the rocket fire they faced. but what is the long term strategy? what are they going to do about gaza? they tried to economically choke it off, it didn't work. they tried this military operation before including a ground invasion. didn't really work. where are they going here? and that's where the united states can be helpful. >> fareed zakaria, always a pleasure seeing you. one of the richest men in the world says i may have to go dress shopping in a few years. maybe help help me get something nice. warren buffett is on the show next. ♪ announcing the all-new 2013 malibu from chevrolet. ♪ with a remarkable new interior featuring the available chevrolet mylink infotainment s
in support of morsi's plans. >>> as the truce holds between hamas and israel for if fourth day, president mahmoud abbas is confident. palestinian factions are supporting the effort but the others are opposing it. >>> finally lotto fever. lottery officials say there were no winners in last night's power lottery pushing this week's jackpot to under $425 million. that's the largest jackpot ever for the game. those are your top stories. now back to "fareed zakaria gps." >>> we live in a borderless world, right, where globalization, inper dependence, and economics are reshaping the way companies and countries cooperate. not quite, says robert kaplan. he's written a book called "the revenge of geography: what the map tells us about coming conflicts and the battle of flight." >> he joins me now. you have this terrific book out. explain what the premise is. mine i tried to very briefly do it. >> yeah, the premise is that in all the journals of opinion, all the op-ed pages, it's all about what we can do. we can intervene here. we can change interest rates there. there's lieu ma ee's human agen. th
territory. for a long time they have been saying israel poisoned the palestinian leader. israel is not even willing to comment on that. even if no poison is found it's hardly going to lay to rest the rumors that arafat was killed. erin? >>> our fifth story "outfront" paula broadwell's next chapter. she has become a tabloid sensation, the woman whose relationship brought down general david petraeus, ending the cia director's storied career. she even made the cover of this week's "people" magazine. yes, it's a great picture. but not a picture she ever wanted to see. so how is broadwell handling her spotlight and what is her next move? suzanne kelly is our intelligence correspondent and she spoke with broadwell's brother today. suzanne, what did he have to say? >> well, we are told that paula broadwell is really focused on restoring the trust between her and her husband. and on trying to protect their two sons from all the publicity that has come along with the public outing of her affair. they have put out very different images from the one you just showed. these are being seen first here on
medical marijuana has been used in israel now for a decade? scientists in jerusalem have developed a form that now relieves pain and suffering without actually getting the person high? sarah sidner has the story. >> reporter: every morning 80-year-old mosha gets his medicine, stuffs it in his pipe and smokes it. he is using medical marijuana. also known as cannabis. >> how did the cannabis make you feel? >> oh, good. >> he is a holocaust survivor and author and painter whose hands started shaking so much he couldn't work anymore. >> translator: my hands are now steady. i can hold things like tea, he says. >> reporter: the cannabis also makes him high because of the psycho-active effects of the substance thc in the plant. for those that use medical marijuana, the high they experience is the price for the reported help it gives to cancer patients on chemotherapy or others suffering from everything from parkinson's disease to pain. rifka thought marijuana just got people high until she was prescribed a new strain of the plant and tried it. two spoonfuls a day with her other medications. shes
of this. list. . the indications we have or our convicts we have that israel have done this assassination but yet we still need an evidence. all of the investigation are -- all of the investigations are made to acquire the evidence so we can go with this evidence to find out who is behind the assassination and through which we will go to the international criminal court. >> okay. two questions for you, jim. first of all, do they have any evidence that that was true, that the israelis perhaps were behind killing arafat? would they take it to the hague? do they have this? >> if they had the evidence, i suppose they could. but the israelis have said we didn't have anything to do with this. they realize how explosive this was. did they want him dead? absolutely. absolutely. as tom friedman wrote in his book "from beirut to jerusalem" they saw arafat like hitler in his bunker, there was that much hatred for the man. he put the palestinians on the map. he resurrected them. he's resurrected at a time when, well, the palestinians are finally, you know, i don't know how he died but i can say what
two rocket launch sites. militants fired another rock neat southern israel. six palestinians have been killed and 30 wounded. for israelis have also been hurt. over in the west bank city of ramallah, they're starting to the process to exhume the body of yasser arafat, the former palestinian president. looking for evidence that they might have been murdered. arafat died in pair ras in 2004 thought to be a blood disease. rumors have circulated for years that he was poisoned and earlier this year, a murder investigation was actually opened in france. want to bring in michael holmes here. you knew yasser arafat well. i had a chance to see him at the white house once during the clinton administration. you sat down at least on six different occasions and got to know this guy. >> i did over the years. i covered the second intefadeh around that time and early 20000, late 1990s and intervi interviewed him a number of time, april '02, surrounded by israeli forces, and we followed a bunch of protesters who defied that, went in to see him, and warning shots were fired in front of our group and beh
stories. israel says it killed one of the heads of the rocket-launching units. then there is this today. a targeted strike against a media center in gaza. six journalists were hurt. gaza officials said 65 palestinians have died in four days of fighting. hamas rocket attacks killed three israelis. president obama talked about the implicate during his trip to asia. >> we are actively working with all the parties in the region to see if we can end those missiles being fired without further escalation of violence in the region. >> president obama is in thailand, the first step of his three-nation tour of asia. he met with thailand's king. today he visits myanmar, something no u.s. president has ever done before. mr. obama wraps up his tour in cambodia where he'll attend the east asia summit. >>> a long beach
. >>> and tomorrow they will hammer out the details of the cease-fire with hamas. israel says a delegation with gaza has arrived in cairo. >>> fiscal cliff negotiations kick off this week. today two more republicans who previously refused to consider tax hikes are
pulonium is found, it will caused an uproar. they have been saying israel poisoned the palestinian leader. even if no poison is found, it will hardly lay to rest the rumors. >>> our fifth story "outfront," paula broadwell's next chapter. she ended david petraeus' career. she made the cover of "people" magazine "sex, lies, and spies." a great picture, but not one she ever wanted to see. what is her next move? suzanne kelly, intelligence correspondent, and spoke with broadwell's brother today. what did he have to say? >> we were told that she is really focused right now on restoring the trust between her and her husband and trying to protect her two sons from all of the publicity that has come along with the public outing of the affair. they have put out very different images that she has showed. seen first here on cnn. the images in tighter outfits, shorter dresses. these pictures that her family are putting out are portraying her as in her role as a mother and book author. >> pretty amazing to see. and she obviously authorized her brother to do this, right? she's -- she wants him to put t
responsibility. >> the truce is holding between hamas and israel after eight days of fighting. palestinian students were now feeling free enough to walk back to school. and with israeli troops retreated from the border, hamas officials have announced the restriction on palestinian fishermen has been loosened as part of the cease-fire deal. fishermen are now permitted to head out six miles offshore rather than just three. >>> in syria, rebels claim they have overrun a key base west of aleppo and purged the assad regime from a whole swath of land near the iraqi border, but the killing continues. according to a major opposition group, 32 fepeople have been killed across syria today. >>> here in the states, the focus is retail shopping. black friday may be history, but the hunt for bargains is far from over. that's because we've still got cyber monday ahead of us. it looks like it could be the busiest ever. trish is the host of "street smart" on bloomberg tv. good to see you. >> good to see you, fredricka. >> i know we don't know exactly how well the retailers did on black friday, especially s
. the palestinians, of course, have long accused israel of poisoning yasser arafat. israelis not willing to comment on that. palestinians say they hope this investigation will get them some clarity. carol? >> fred pleitgen, reporting live from the west bank this morning. >>> chris christie says he's finally able to look beyond the devastation unleashed on his state by superstorm sandy and says the long recovery home has convinced him to run for re-election next year. storm victims have been asking about his plans. >> this weekend, mary pat and i, the kids, had an opportunity to just kind of have a few minutes to ourselves. and we talked about it. and we've decided we're going to seek re-election. and we're wanting to get that going today. so i instructed my campaign treasurer to file papers with the election law enforcement commission to seek re-election. and so -- >> there you have it. christie has been extremely hands on in dealing with the storm damage. that has helped fuel a huge spike in his approval ratings which now hover around 80%. >>> in dewitt county, illinois, reluctantly agreed to a co
protesters gathered near tahrir square. israel's cabinet chief says there will be no retreat from the presidential decree. >>> tomorrow president barack obama and governor mitt romney will have a private lunch at the white house. cnn has also learned mitt romney will meet with his former running mate congressman paul ryan of wisconsin. >>> to to politics now. today might be your lucky day. the obama administration is taking its tax fight to twitter asking you to speak out on the bush tax cuts using the hash tag my2k. that is the estimated amount in tax hikes the administration says a middle class family of four could face if the bush tax cuts expire on the middle class. but the white house isn't limiting its efforts to social media. president obama is heading to pennsylvania on friday where he'll make his pitch to extend existing tax breaks for families making $250,000 or less. joining me now cnn contributor granderson and republican strategist ron bonjean. welcome to both of you. >> good morning. >> good morning, carol. >> minutes ago we heard from eric cantor, part of the gop le
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